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Ski areas that you may hire out

If privacy and space are your main concerns this winter, it is worth renting out an entire ski area for the day with your pod. In some cases, sharing the fee among a group doesn’t cost much more than a day pass on a larger mountain. Not every resort offers This option is of course possible, but select ski resorts – usually smaller hills that may be closed for a day or two during the week anyway – allow full resort buyouts for private groups during the week. Talk about a great Christmas present. After all, who wouldn’t want to have bottomless powder to themselves with friends and a base lodge? Here are our favorite hills for rent at any price.

Biberberg, Utah ($)

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You can’t reserve Beaver Mountain near Logan, Utah for the day, but you can rent it for the night. Yes, private night skiing is available all week. Starting at $ 1,200, this is one of the cheaper mountain rental options. The grounds are limited to night lighting, so you can access ski slopes via the magic carpet and the Little Beaver Lift and have full access to the lodge. When it comes to eating and drinking, you can request special items like the popular street tacos served in the hotel’s Beaver Mountain Café. (Rentals and lessons are available for an additional fee.)

Plattekill, New York ($$)

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Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, New York is available Monday through Thursday (excluding bank holidays) for private mountain rentals for up to 250 people, starting at $ 4,500 per day. This family-run ski area in the Catskills has four lifts, 1,100 vertical meters and two miles of beginner slopes. The north facing terrain often has more lake effect snow than other ski resorts in the region, averaging 175 inches. For an additional fee, you can add additional features such as: B. An outdoor BBQ lunch, equipment rental or lessons, snow tubing or accommodation in nearby cabins.

Anthony Lakes, Oregon ($$)

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On the eastern edge of Oregon, at the foot of the Elkhorn Mountains, is the Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, a small ski area outside the well-known town of North Powder. You can rent it for groups of up to 50 people on select Mondays from $ 6,000, giving it exclusive access to its only chairlift – the Rock Garden Triple – and 1,100 acres for five hours. With a base elevation of 7,100 feet (the highest in the state), Anthony Lakes often gets snow when it rains elsewhere.

Magical Mountain, Vermont ($$)

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Magic Mountain in Londonderry, Vermont, is usually open Thursday through Sunday, as well as the full weeks that coincide with the holidays (though the resort is open Monday through Wednesday when it gets six inches or more, much to the delight of locals ). Thanks to this regular closure, the resort offers full mountain rentals for groups and private parties on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from USD 6,200 per day. This independent ski area has a lot of charm – a throwback feel, steep terrain, about 1,500 feet of elevation gain, and six lifts, including two that service the upper mountain from the base. Private parties also have access to the Black Line Tavern, which is part of the Base Lodge and offers food and drink throughout the day.

Pico, Vermont ($$)

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The smaller, neighboring ski area to Killington, Pico Mountain, outside of Rutland, Vermont, can be rented from USD 8,000 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for up to 250 people from USD 8,000. It offers private access to the Base Lodge and the resort’s two best chair lifts. the Quads Golden and Summit Express. You’ll find quality tree skiing through birch forests, novice snow groomers, and a mile-long trail called Pike that slopes down from the top of the mountain to its base. Meals, tuition, and accommodation are available for an additional fee.

Silverton Mountain, Colorado ($$$)

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You can rent Silverton Mountain and enjoy guided skiing before the ski area is open to the general public every weekday between late November and late December, or all day Monday through Wednesday (when the mountain is normally closed) of winter. Full rent starts at $ 9,900 for up to 40 people. You have private, guided access to Silverton’s legendary chairlift and all of its 1,819 acres of rugged terrain. For a fee, you can also add heli-ski drops in the surrounding 22,000-acre hinterland. Remember, there is no easy path down and no maintenance in Silverton. Hence, this option is best suited for the toughest skiers and riders.

Showdown, Montana ($$$)

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If the price of renting Showdown Mountain’s three chairlifts for the day seems a bit expensive – $ 10,000 for up to 50 people – consider that the price includes everything from all-you-can-eat meals to an open bar with beer, wine and cocktails for all your guests as well as skiing and driving lessons, equipment rental and guides. After skiing, you can even get live music from a local band at no extra charge. For a fee, the resort can arrange dinner at a nearby restaurant, accommodation for your entire group, and transportation to the nearby town of White Sulfur Springs. Still too high a price? Turner Mountain in northwest Montana rents full mountain range for up to 100 people Monday through Thursday for $ 3,750. You can bring your own food and beer.

Eagle Point, Utah ($$$$)

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Most people don’t think about skiing in southern Utah, as most of the state’s ski resorts are in the north. Eagle Point Resort in the Tushar Mountains near the town of Beaver has unique high alpine terrain that towers over 10,600 feet and contains an average of 350 inches of snow. You can rent the entire mountain – including all five lifts, 650 acres, and two lodges – for $ 15,000 per day Tuesday through Thursday for up to 200 people. Add-ons such as guides to guide you through the slopes or instructors to teach children and beginners are also available.

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